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The Beijing Queer Chorus Visits Portland!

Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by Reid Vanderburgh GALA Articles No Comments

March 3, 2018 Day retreat. OMG, it’s becoming so real, they’re coming! We watched a short video produced for us by the Beijing Queer Chorus. Real people, saying hello to us. This makes it so much more real. March 5, 2018 As Bob says, “The most important rehearsal of the term,” the Monday after retreat. […]

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Both Sides Now

Posted on: May 15th, 2016 by Reid Vanderburgh GALA Articles

I have sung in one GALA chorus or another for thirty years. I have attended every GALA festival since 1989: I participated as an alto in a lesbian chorus and as an alto in a mixed chorus, then post-transition as a bass in a mixed chorus and as a baritone in a men’s chorus. Each […]

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Authenticity in the New Age

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Reid Vanderburgh GALA Articles 1 Comment

LGBTQQIAA, aka ‘the acronym’ – quite a mouthful. A 60-something gay friend of mine commented to me awhile ago, “I can’t keep track anymore, I don’t know what all the letters mean! No disrespect intended, but I just keep saying ‘GLBT’ because it’s what I know.” Many in GALA choruses see the times shifting around […]

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Transgender Voices

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by Reid Vanderburgh GALA Articles No Comments

Trans Inclusivity in GALA Choruses There are three types of GALA choruses – men’s, women’s, and mixed. When we talk about trans inclusivity in the men’s or women’s choruses, we immediately bump up against the definitions of “man” and “woman.” Within a mixed chorus setting, we may bump up against these definitions if sections are […]

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